What does roll mean?

Definitions for roll
roʊlroll

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word roll.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. axial rotation, axial motion, rollnoun

    rotary motion of an object around its own axis

    "wheels in axial rotation"

  2. roll, rosternoun

    a list of names

    "his name was struck off the rolls"

  3. roller, roll, rolling wavenoun

    a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore

  4. rollnoun

    photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light

  5. coil, whorl, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scrollnoun

    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

  6. bankroll, rollnoun

    a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.)

    "he shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag"

  7. bun, rollnoun

    small rounded bread either plain or sweet

  8. peal, pealing, roll, rollingnoun

    a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)

  9. paradiddle, roll, drum rollnoun

    the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously

  10. scroll, rollnoun

    a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)

  11. rollnoun

    anything rolled up in cylindrical form

  12. cast, rollnoun

    the act of throwing dice

  13. rollnoun

    walking with a swaying gait

  14. rollnoun

    a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude

  15. roll, bowlverb

    the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)

  16. roll, turn oververb

    move by turning over or rotating

    "The child rolled down the hill"; "turn over on your left side"

  17. wheel, rollverb

    move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle

    "The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"

  18. roll, undulateverb

    occur in soft rounded shapes

    "The hills rolled past"

  19. roll out, rollverb

    flatten or spread with a roller

    "roll out the paper"

  20. rollverb

    emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound

    "The thunder rolled"; "rolling drums"

  21. wind, wrap, roll, twineverb

    arrange or or coil around

    "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"; "She wrapped her arms around the child"

  22. rollverb

    begin operating or running

    "The cameras were rolling"; "The presses are already rolling"

  23. rollverb

    shape by rolling

    "roll a cigarette"

  24. rollverb

    execute a roll, in tumbling

    "The gymnasts rolled and jumped"

  25. hustle, pluck, rollverb

    sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

  26. roll, undulate, flap, waveverb

    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

    "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"

  27. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

  28. rollverb

    move, rock, or sway from side to side

    "The ship rolled on the heavy seas"

  29. roll, revolveverb

    cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis

    "She rolled the ball"; "They rolled their eyes at his words"

  30. rollverb

    pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/

    "She rolls her r's"

  31. seethe, rollverb

    boil vigorously

    "The liquid was seething"; "The water rolled"

  32. rollverb

    take the shape of a roll or cylinder

    "the carpet rolled out"; "Yarn rolls well"

  33. roll, roll upverb

    show certain properties when being rolled

    "The carpet rolls unevenly"; "dried-out tobacco rolls badly"

Wiktionary

  1. rollnoun

    The act of rolling, or state of being rolled.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  2. rollnoun

    That which rolls; a roller

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  3. rollnoun

    Specifically, a heavy cylinder used to break clods.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  4. rollnoun

    Specifically, one of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  5. rollnoun

    That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  6. rollnoun

    Specifically, a document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  7. rollnoun

    Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  8. rollnoun

    Specifically, a quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  9. rollnoun

    Specifically, A cylindrical twist of tobacco.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  10. rollverb

    To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface.

    to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  11. rollverb

    To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.

    to roll a sheet of paper; to roll clay or putty into a ball.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  12. rollverb

    To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; often with up.

    to roll up the map for shipping.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  13. rollverb

    To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.

    This river will roll its waters to the ocean.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  14. rollverb

    To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; -- often with forth, or out.

    to roll forth someone's praises; to roll out sentences.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  15. rollverb

    To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.

    to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  16. rollverb

    To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  17. rollverb

    To leave or begin a journey.

    I want to get there early, let's roll.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  18. rollverb

    To compete, especially with vigor.

    OK guys, we're only down by 2 points, let's roll!

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  19. rollnoun

    A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  20. rollnoun

    The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  21. rollnoun

    A heavy, reverberatory sound.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  22. rollnoun

    The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  23. rollnoun

    Part; office; duty; rôle.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  24. rollnoun

    A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  25. rollnoun

    the rotation angle about the longitudinal axis

    Calculate the roll of that aircraft.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  26. rollnoun

    The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  27. rollnoun

    The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  28. rollverb

    To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  29. rollverb

    To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  30. rollverb

    To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  31. rollverb

    To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.

    I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over, I don't roll like that.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  32. rollverb

    To throw dice.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  33. rollverb

    To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  34. rollverb

    To have a rolling aspect

    the hills rolled on

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  35. rollverb

    To create a new character in a role-playing game.

    I'm gonna go and roll a new shaman tonight.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  36. rollverb

    To generate a random number.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  37. rollverb

    To turn over and over.

    The child will roll on the floor.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  38. rollverb

    To tumble in gymnastics.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  39. rollverb

    when a nautical vessel rotates on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  40. rollverb

    To beat up.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  41. rollverb

    To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.

    The feds rolled him by giving him a free pass for most of what he'd done.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  42. rollverb

    To betray secrets.

    He rolled on those guys after being in jail two days.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  43. rollverb

    To act.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

  44. rollverb

    To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy.

    Etymology: For verb: From rollen, from roler, from rotulare, from rotula, diminutive of rota.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rollnoun

    to cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  2. Rollnoun

    to wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  3. Rollnoun

    to bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; -- often with up; as, to roll up a parcel

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  4. Rollnoun

    to drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  5. Rollnoun

    to utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; -- often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one's praises; to roll out sentences

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  6. Rollnoun

    to press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  7. Rollnoun

    to move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  8. Rollnoun

    to beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  9. Rollnoun

    to apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  10. Rollnoun

    to turn over in one's mind; to revolve

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  11. Rollverb

    to move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  12. Rollverb

    to move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  13. Rollverb

    to be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  14. Rollverb

    to fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  15. Rollverb

    to perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  16. Rollverb

    to turn; to move circularly

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  17. Rollverb

    to move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  18. Rollverb

    to incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in a general semse, to be tossed about

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  19. Rollverb

    to turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  20. Rollverb

    to spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  21. Rollverb

    to beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  22. Rollverb

    to make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  23. Roll

    the act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  24. Roll

    that which rolls; a roller

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  25. Roll

    a heavy cylinder used to break clods

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  26. Roll

    one of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  27. Roll

    that which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  28. Roll

    a document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  29. Roll

    hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  30. Roll

    a quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  31. Roll

    a cylindrical twist of tobacco

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  32. Roll

    a kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  33. Roll

    the oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  34. Roll

    a heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  35. Roll

    the uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

  36. Roll

    part; office; duty; role

    Etymology: [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roll

    rōl, v.i. to turn like a wheel: to turn on an axis: to be formed into a roll or cylinder: to move, as waves: to be tossed about: to move tumultuously: to be hurled: to rock, or move from side to side: to wallow: to spread under a roller: to sound as a drum beaten rapidly: to move onward.—v.t. to cause to roll: to turn on an axis: to wrap round on itself: to enwrap: to drive forward: to move upon wheels: to press or smooth with rollers: to beat rapidly, as a drum.—n. act of rolling: that which rolls: a revolving cylinder making sheets, plates, &c.: a roller: that which is rolled up—hence parchment, paper, &c. wound into a circular form: a document: a register: a kind of fancy bread: the continued sound of a drum, of thunder, &c.: a swagger or rolling gait.—adj. Roll′-about′, podgy.—ns. Roll′-call, the calling of the roll or list of names, as in the army; Roll′-cū′mūlus, a form of strato-cumulus cloud; Roll′er, that which rolls: a cylinder used for rolling, grinding, &c.: one of a family of Picarian birds: a long, broad bandage: (pl.) long heavy waves; Roll′er-skate, a skate mounted on wheels or rollers for use on asphalt or some other smooth surface.—adj. Roll′ing, modulating: moving on wheels: making a continuous sound.—ns. Roll′ing-mill, a place in which metal is made into sheets, bars, rails, or rods, by working it between pairs of rolls: a machine for rolling metal, &c., into any required form, or for crushing materials between rollers; Roll′ing-pin, a cylindrical piece of wood for rolling dough, paste, &c. to any required thickness; Roll′ing-press, a press of two cylinders for rolling or calendering cloth; Roll′ing-stock, the stock or store of locomotive-engines, carriages, &c. of a railway; Roll′way, an incline: a shoot.—Master of the Rolls, the head of the Record-office. [O. Fr. roler, roeler (Fr. rouler)—Low L. rotulāre—L. rotula, a little wheel—rota, a wheel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. roll

    A uniform beat of the drum, without variation, for a considerable time. The divisions are summoned by roll of drum, one roll for each. (See MUSTER-ROLL.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. roll

    A term of varied signification in reference to military matters. Thus, to roll is to continue one uniform beat of the drum, without variations for a certain length of time.

Rap Dictionary

  1. rollverb

    To hang with a given person or crowd. "I'm rollin' with the new jack crew" -- Ice-T (Newjack hustler).

  2. rollverb

    To roll on someone means to beat someone up.

  3. rollverb

    To roll a joint.

  4. rollverb

    To drive one's car in the neighborhood with a certain style or finesse.

  5. rollverb

    to do a job e.g. on a raid for doe --kingknocker

  6. rollverb

    an ecstacy dose, "I am rolling so hard right now, PLUR guys, PLUR"

  7. rollverb

    To rollerblade; freestyle rolling.

Editors Contribution

  1. roll

    A type of bread and product.

    The bread rolls were on the table with the soup at the restaurant.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

Suggested Resources

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'roll' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2742

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'roll' in Nouns Frequency: #1678

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'roll' in Verbs Frequency: #408

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roll in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roll in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of roll in a Sentence

  1. Roger Federer:

    Roll back the years with @mhingis. Really excited to be playing mixed doubles with you 15 years later at the Rio games.

  2. Jason Arnold:

    We would have shifts in the wind and that smoke would roll in, in the morning it was the worst.

  3. Naoya Oshikubo:

    As economic data from China and elsewhere has not bottomed out yet, investors will be looking at economic fundamentals for now. If there are improvements, then markets could roll back expectations of a Fed rate cut.

  4. Suzi Levine:

    It's going to take a collective effort the likes of which we have not seen before, and I feel humbled to be a part of the team that will get us there, when you roll back the clock a hundred years, I suspect Frances Perkins and Frances Perkins colleagues felt similarly as Frances Perkins and her colleagues looked at the devastation, the Depression and the oncoming World War II. I think there's a lot that we can learn from then and apply now, but with a modern context and with our modern tools.

  5. Ben Mendez:

    When I opened the door, she was engulfed in flames, i proceeded to pull her out of the car. I ripped her clothes off, put her on the ground. Made her roll, just thinking it will take all the flames away from her.

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Translations for roll

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • rol, oprol, draai, draai om, stoot, toedraaiAfrikaans
  • دحرجArabic
  • ruilhal, magañ soñjoù, punañ, rollañ, pakañBreton
  • svitek, váletCzech
  • wirbeln, rollen, laufenGerman
  • ρολόGreek
  • rollo, rodillo, redobladura, rodeador, redoble, balanceo, registro, rodeo, rosca, ruedo, rodeadora, redoblamiento, retumbo, allanar, embrollar, reflejar, enroscar, rodar, redoblar, envolver, reflexionar, rodearSpanish
  • نان رولPersian
  • pärinä, jyrinä, rullaus, käärö, kelaus, jyrä, kääryle, valssaus, sämpylä, rulla, jyrääminen, jyminä, kaulinta, valssi, vatvoa, kietoa, taitella, rullata, kääriä, kaulita, aprikoida, pohtia, pyörittää, levittää, kierittää, hokea, jyrätä, vierittää, kallistua, tasoittaa, latoa, sitoa, takoa, valssataFinnish
  • petit pain, roue, roulement, roulis, rouleau, roulerFrench
  • cuachIrish
  • גלגול, מגילה, גלגלHebrew
  • लपेटा, नामावली, गोला, घुमना, तम्बाकू का गोला, सूची, लुढ़काना, घूमाना, लपेटना, बजानाHindi
  • zsemle, gurítHungarian
  • panino, rullo, rotolare, rotolamento, tonfo, arrotolato, far rullare, avvolgere, far rotolare, spingere, involtolareItalian
  • 巻子本, ロールパン, 丸まる, 転がす, 巻く, 巻け上がる, 転がるJapanese
  • 롤빵, 감싸다, 말다, 감다Korean
  • با دانKurdish
  • keu, pōkai, takataka, pīroriMāori
  • gedreun, geslinger, rol, wals, geroffel, naamlijst, register, lijst, gerommel, boekrol, dreun, broodje, pletwals, roffel, roffelen, rollen, pletwalsen, walsen, oprollenDutch
  • knipseNorwegian
  • rolar, girar, circularPortuguese
  • ruliuRomanian
  • бараба́н, бу́лка, ва́лик, рее́стр, сви́ток, ро́лик, крен, ката́ние, раскат, ка́чка, свёрток, вал, враще́ние, руло́н, бараба́нный бой, раска́т, бу́лочка, ве́домость, кататься, скатывать, катать, раскатывать, катить, завёртывать, катиться, свёртыватьRussian
  • rulle, kuvertbröd, böljning, register, dundrande, lista, rullande, småfranska, bulle, bokrulle, vals, tygrulle, kavle, mullrande, rullor, virvel, rullning, böljande, förteckning, rulla ihop, kavla ut, rulla, virvla, valsa, rulla upp, kavlaSwedish
  • рулонUkrainian
  • رولUrdu
  • hồ sơ, cuộn, văn kiện, chức vụ, danh mục, danh sách, tài liệu, vai, quyển, quấn, đẩy, lănVietnamese

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    a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile
    • A. scarper
    • B. denudate
    • C. abide
    • D. loom

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